U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Jan 10, 2014

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Three years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. Yet despite shared consternation by the Obama administration and Congress, no one is quite sure what the United States can do to ...

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Jan 9, 2014

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Thursday for a weeklong tour of four Middle East and African countries, his first overseas trip this year. The visit to Oman and the three African countries of Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia is part of Abe’s strategic diplomacy ...

Israeli hard line on African migrants crushes hopes

Jan 8, 2014

Israeli hard line on African migrants crushes hopes

Tumuzgee Aman fled his native Eritrea three years ago in search of a better life, making his way to Israel after a treacherous journey across Egypt’s Sinai Desert. But after briefly finding work in a copper mine, his dream came crashing down when Israeli ...

Rwanda leader accused of killing ex-spy chief

Jan 6, 2014

Rwanda leader accused of killing ex-spy chief

The killing of Rwanda’s former spy chief in South Africa has critics revisiting serious allegations against Western-backed President Paul Kagame that go back to the Central African nation’s 1994 genocide. Former Col. Patrick Karegeya, a wartime ally from Kagame’s days as a rebel leader, ...

African migrants march in Israel demanding rights

Jan 6, 2014

African migrants march in Israel demanding rights

About 10,000 African migrants marched in Israel’s financial center of Tel Aviv on Sunday and gathered in front of City Hall in their largest demonstration yet to demand work rights and better treatment from the Israeli government. Over the past eight years, roughly 60,000 ...

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Jan 4, 2014

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Africa could lose 20 percent of its elephant population within a decade, conservation groups warned last month as governments met in Botswana to discuss measures to curb poaching. An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across the continent in 2012, as poaching reached “unacceptably ...

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Dec 13, 2013

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Kinshasa and the M23 rebels signed documents officially burying the hatchet Thursday in Nairobi, a month after the end of the fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. “The DR Congo government and M23 have respectively signed declarations” including the “decision by M23 ...

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

Dec 9, 2013

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

France is coming to the rescue again, deploying soldiers in a former African colony to help stave off catastrophe — dirty work that Paris says it doesn’t really want. France has its eyes on a dynamic new Africa that is creating jobs, not conflicts. ...

Central African Republic militias employing more child soldiers: U.N.

Nov 23, 2013

Central African Republic militias employing more child soldiers: U.N.

Warring militias have enlisted up to 6,000 child soldiers in the Central African Republic, a senior U.N. official said Friday, issuing a stark warning about the country’s spiralling crisis. “Roughly today, we’re talking about 5,000-6,000 children, so the number has roughly doubled from our ...